Quilled flower pots

Summer is upon us and nothing screams at us more than brightly coloured florals oozing out of a tiny plant pot. Learn various quilling techniques to build a piece of wall art, quilling allows you to work freely and can also be very therapeutic!    

1. Draw two illustrative plant pots using a pencil in the bottom-centre of an 8 x 8'' piece of white cardstock. The pot on the left-hand side should be bigger than the one on the right. Once happy, go over the pencil lines using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen in black, then add colour with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils and a drop of water.

2. Start by adding quilled leaves to the plant pot, this will allow you to work out how many flower heads you need to quill. Use three different shades of green cardstock to create various different shaped leaves, making some of them end in a swirl. Construct some pieces shorter and others that go almost the whole way up the page. Once happy, fix with a little Anita’s Tacky Glue and a small paintbrush.

3. Quill the outline of your flower shapes, filling the gaps in between your leaves. Try creating some flowers with round petals and others with pointy petals. When happy with the size of each head, begin to fill with detail. To fill a round petal, coil a strip of paper tightly around the quilling tool to form a spiral and close the shape with a little glue. This will leave you with a circle. Pinch one end together and fix inside with tacky glue. To fill the pointed petals pinch both ends.

4. To finish, create pieces for the top of the page that resemble little heart shapes. To do this, take a strip of paper and fold at each end to form two tabs. Glue the tabs together to close the shape and pinch the opposite end to produce a petal. You could also fix down solid pieces of cardstock and overlay quilled pieces for extra dimension.

Project and how-to instructions by Jessica Janiak.

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